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Glasgow Cycle Routes

June 11, 2011

Glasgow Cycle Routes

Glasgow cycle routes include cycle routes from Glasgow to Loch Lomond and the cycleway has the advantage of being mostly traffic free and easy to follow. It uses a mixture of former railway lines and canal and riverside paths. The cycle path was opened in 1989. The route is quite easy to follow, with directions signs direction signs and most of the time you’ll be following a well defined path. The route is clearly signposted. So why not take a cyle and bring a bicyle to Glasgow or hire a bicylce while you are here and enjoy some excercise.

Cyclists are welcome at the Argyll Hotel and we will happily store your bike.

Cycle from Glasgow to Loch Lomond : Where the Highlands meet the Lowlkands.

The start of the route is at Bells Bridge, a footbridge opposite the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) by the River Clyde. It is near the Tall Ship Glenlee which is within a short cycle of the Argyll Hotel. Head to the Museum of Transport which is a mile from the start and is signposted. An easily seen landmark near the start is the Finnieston Crane, originally used to lift steam locomotives. Cycle downstream past the glass Moat House building then turn away from the river and cross over the Clydeside Expressway on a footbridge.

On route you will pass John Brown Engineering in Clydebank where the Lusitania, HMS Hood, the Queen Mary, the Queen Elizabeth and the later ship of similar name the QE2. were built. At Clydebank the route leaves the former railway line and joins the Forth-Clyde Canal towpath. Cycling on you will reach the village of Bowling where the Forth-Clyde canal meets the sea. Cycling towards Dumbarton the railway line ends and you are on normal roads. These are well signed and take you through a public park at first, then into central Dumbarton.

The route in Dumbarton takes you across the River Leven towards Balloch. Eventually you meet a flood control barrier, then lots of small boats and the river widens out into the Loch Lomond. The cycle route continues through Loch Lomond Shores to Balloch Castle Country Park which has fine views of the loch.

You can catch a train at Loch Lomond (Balloch Station) which will return you and your bike to central Glasgow.

Train Stations on Route from Glasgow to Loch Lomond are Exhibition Centre, Partick, Garscadden, Yoker, Clydebank, Singer, Dalmuir, Kilpatrick, Bowling, Dumbarton (East & Central), Renton, Alexandria and Balloch (Loch Lomond).

You can join or leave the cycle route at any station and taking a bike on the train will not be a problem.

Further cycle routes inlcude Glasgow to Kirkintilloch, Falkirk, and even along the Union Canal to Edinburgh.

There is also the Sustrans long distance Glasgow to Inverness cycle route (Lochs and Glens North).


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